Last month my mom in law visited us from the UK. During her stay we went to stay at Champagne Castle in the Drakensberg. The weather was superb, warm and sunny during the day and cold enough for a fire at night. The mountain tops were capped with snow and the views went on for miles.
While we were there we visited a few of the local hotspots, namely Valley Bakery and the Drakensberg Chocolate Memories shop. On arrival at Champagne Castle we were given a flyer of the different chocolate tastings at Drakensberg Chocolate Memories and the one that caught my eye was the coffee and chocolate pairing.
Using Bean Green coffee from Durban, they make their coffee with a siphon. Having tried a number of different methods they have found customers enjoy coffee this way the most. It also looks pretty awesome. The only thing I would have changed was to have fresh milk with the coffee. But that’s just me, I’m not a fan of long life milk in beautifully extracted, specialty coffee.
With our coffee we received three decadent chocolates each, a fudge chocolate, creme brulee, and a marzipan chocolate. The creme brulee bite was the best in my opinion. (All the chocolates at Drakensberg Chocolate Memories are hand made.)
Aside from having a cup of coffee with your chocolate you can order a chocolate fondue, which I was tempted to have as well. The Drakensberg Chocolate is so delicious and knowing it is locally and hand crafted makes me want to buy it even more. Each bar is out for tasting on their chocolate bar, and my personal favourite is the 70% Dark.
If only to buy chocolate this experience is worth a visit when in the Champagne Valley. Drakensberg Chocolate Memories can be found in the Cedarwood Centre opposite the road from Champagne Sports Resort.